RCB have arguably the strongest batting line-up © IANS
RCB have arguably the strongest batting line-up © IANS

All six existing Indian Premier League (IPL) teams have retained a bulk of their players for IPL 2016, and will be watchful during the IPL 9 auction to be held on February 6 and 7, 2016. The teams — Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians, (MI), Delhi Daredevils (DD), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) — have retained their major players, and will have to consolidate their already impressive sides by making smart purchases in the IPL 2016 auction to strengthen their teams. READ: IPL 2016 teams: List of players released by IPL 9 teams before Indian Premier League auction

RCB perhaps have the strongest batting line-up of the retained players, with the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, and Virat Kohli leading the way. KKR too have a good batting side, with Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Chris Lynn, and Andre Russell leading the way. READ: IPL 2016 auction: Complete list of IPL players to be auctioned with base prices in Indian

Full list of players retained ahead of IPL 2016 auction:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Harshal Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Varun Aaron, Sreenath Aravind, Abu Nechim, Yuzvendra Chahal (India); Chris Gayle (West Indies); AB de Villiers, David Wiese (South Africa); Mitchell Starc (Australia); Adam Milne (New Zealand). READ: IPL 2016 auction: Complete list of IPL teams with funds before Indian Premier League (IPL) 9

Kings XI Punjab: Manan Vohra, Murali Vijay, Sandeep Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Akshar Patel, Gurkeerat Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Nikhil Naik, Anureet Singh, Shardul Thakur (India); Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh (Australia); David Miller (South Africa). READ: IPL 2016 player auction to be shown on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD on Feb 6

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Kuldeep Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Sheldon Jackson (India); Chris Lynn, Brad Hogg (Australia); Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh); Morne Morkel (South Africa); Andre Russell, Sunil Narine (West Indies). READ: IPL 2016: Rajkot franchise hit the bull’s eye by naming team ‘Gujarat Lions’, appointing

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ambati Rayudu, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jasprit Bumrah, Parthiv Patel, R Vinay Kumar, Shreyas Gopal, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Unmukt Chand, Akshay Wakhare (India); Mitchell McClenaghan, Corey Anderson (New Zealand); Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard (West Indies); Marchant de Lange (South Africa); Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka).

Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammad Shami, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mayank Agarwal, Jayant Yadav (India); Travis Head, Nathan Coulter-Nile (Australia); Imran Tahir, JP Duminy, Albie Morkel, Quinton de Kock (South Africa).

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, KL Rahul, Naman Ojha, Karn Sharma, Parvez Rasool, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Siddharth Kaul (India); Kane Williamson, Trent Boult (New Zealand); Moises Henriques, David Warner (Australia); Eoin Morgan (England).